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Rachel Young

Principal

Rachel has teaching qualifications from International Dance Teacher’s Association, British Association of Teachers of Dancing and has Fellowship status (the highest category of teacher certification) and American Ballet Theatre.

She is qualified in Stage dance (Tap / Modern /Jazz), Ballet, Highland. She is a certified Pre-Primary to Level 3 teacher with American Ballet Theatre after studying in New York in 2013. In 2009 Rachel qualified as a Level 2 (and part Level 3 qualified) Acrobatic Gymnastics coach and a Level 2 Pre-School gymnastics coach with British Gymnastics and is a member of Scottish Gymnastics.

Rachel has an ATCL diploma with Trinity College in Musical Theatre performance and an LTCL Diploma in teaching Musical Theatre.

Rachel is also a Sports Leader/Dance Leaders UK Tutor and has a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.

Although Rachel teaches nowadays, Rachel’s first professional performing job was at the age of 10 years old when she travelled the West Coast of Australia singing and performing in shortened musical productions and seasonal shows. Since moving back to Scotland in 1995 Rachel continued her dance training at the Edith Duncan MBE school of Dance taking part in Scholarship auditions, Competitions and Shows at HMT Aberdeen.

In 2005 at the same time as graduating from Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Law, Rachel set up Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts and is the Principal and Owner/Director of Mac the Monkey Ltd.

In 2016 Rachel devised and produced the now annual, Dance Compete Achieve Competition in Aberdeen. Students from across the UK are welcome to take part in the competition. They can perform for specialist judges in all genres of dance, vocal and musical theatre. The calibre of judge is very high and student’s love performing and taking part so that they can receive invaluable feedback on their performances.

Not only has Rachel set up Dance Compete Achieve, has also been involved in helping companies set up Performing Arts and Gymnastics competitions in Scotland and Internationally and has judged internationally. Most recently Rachel gained her Sports Acrobatic Judging qualification with British Gymnastics. She heads up the part time performing arts school at AAPA which has approximately 350 students. Rachel over sees and coordinates all AAPA exam entries, competition routines and trips, shows and is hands on in classes teaching over 70 classes a week. Rachel teaches on the full time HND course in Musical Theatre, Professional Dance and Acting and Performance. Rachel’s specialism on the full time courses is in the dance Units.

Sali Kindley

Pre-school / Musical Theatre / Acrobatic Gymnastics

Sali has a first class BA (hons) in drama from the University of Sunderland where she studied performing, acting for tv, Shakespeare, directing and devising. She has a HND in Performing Arts from Liverpool Community College where she studied amongst others physical theatre, acting, and voice production.

Sali also has an HND in musical theatre. While studying for her HND Sali also gained her Trinity College of London ATCL in musical theatre and her grade 8 in musical theatre with London College of Music.

After her graduation from The University of Sunderland Sali spent 7 years as a performing actress in children’s theatre and pantomimes as well as part of an entertainment team for Thomson Holidays.

Sali is a member of Scottish Gymnastics and qualified Acrobatic Gymnastics teacher through Acrobatic Arts.

Caitlin Tait

Singing

Caitlin Tait graduated in 2015 with a BMusEd degree from The University of Aberdeen. There she focused on the study of Voice and Piano alongside her degree in Music Education. Caitlin now teaches music full time at Portlethen Academy and runs a successful Vocal group within the Academy. Caitlin has had several lead roles in amateur dramatic productions, both in South Lanarkshire and Aberdeen, and brings her enthusiasm, knowledge and love of musical theatre and performing to the Musical Theatre and Glee classes at AAPA. Caitlin also teaches some of our students on a one to one basis to help develop their vocal technique and understanding of the voice.

Heather Bennie

Singing

Having graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BMus(hons) degree with a particular focus in singing and the teaching of singing, Heather has been teaching for 3 years both privately and within the musical theatre environment. Heather has been teaching Saturday musical theatre classes with AAPA for just over a year now and likes to introduce and develop our students singing and acting through singing techniques, by covering both familiar and unfamiliar repertoire from both musicals and movies. Heather likes to ensure that every class I lead is not only educational but fun, providing the students with a platform to build strong friendships and camaraderie which only adds to the enjoyment of classes and authenticity of final performances.

Jennifer Mckinnon Magee

Acting and Performance / Musical Theatre

Jennifer is an American born professional director, actress, and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, USA. She attended Sam Houston State University and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts with an acting and directing emphasis. As well as teaching Theatre and Acting to College aged students, Jennifer has also taught Drama to Primary and Secondary Students in public and private schools, both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Kirsten McGregor

Acrobatic Coach

Kirsten is currently a student at Aberdeen University. She is a member of Scottish Gymnastics and has been qualified as a Level 1 Women's Artistic Gymnastics coach since June 2015. She has coached at a mixture of both recreational and competitive clubs. Kirsten herself also competes for the University's gymnastics team and has been a competitive gymnastic since the age of 11. She has been both a gymnast and dancer since she was 6. She has a Higher in Dance and Grade 6 RAD Ballet.

Rachel Young
Sali Kindley
Caitlin Tait
Heather Binnie
Jennifer Mckinnon Magee
Kirsten McGregor